Patchy frost in sheltered areas at first. Cold and windy today with heavy showers and the risk of isolated thunderstorms. Some prolonged heavy showers will affect central and southern counties during the morning, some sleet and snow possible on higher ground. However brighter weather will return this afternoon with showers more scattered. Afternoon highs of 4 to 8 degrees C.in blustery westerly winds. Showers will turn increasingly wintry this evening.
Very cold tonight with occasional hail, sleet and snow showers in western and northern counties and some accumulations likely. Wintry showers will be more scattered elsewhere. Overnight lows of 0 to -2 degrees C. with frost and icy patches.
Cold and bright tomorrow. Frost clearing and it will be mostly dry in some midland and eastern areas in the morning with sunny spells but occasional heavy rain, hail, sleet and snow showers further west will spread eastwards in the afternoon. Isolated thunderstorms in places also. Fresh and gusty westerly winds and afternoon highs of 3 to 6 degrees C..
3 Day Outlook
Headline: Cold and wintry at first, but temperatures rising later in the week and more significantly over the weekend with more settled conditions expected.
Monday Night: Cold with further sleet and snow showers, mostly in west Munster, Connacht and west Ulster, frost and icy stretches with overnight lows of 0 to -2 degrees C in a strong westerly wind.
Tuesday: Cold and windy with fairly widespread wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow on Tuesday in a strong to gale force west veering northwest wind and afternoon highs of 3 to 7 degrees C.. Cold overnight with further wintry showers in the west and north and frost with icy stretches.
Wednesday: Wintry showers will be more isolated on Wednesday and confined to western and northern areas. Many other places will have a dry, bright cold day, with fresh northwest winds falling off light by evening. Cold dry and frosty overnight.
Thursday: Less cold on Thursday and after a cold dry, bright start, rain will spread eastwards during the afternoon and evening. Clearing Thursday night with frost developing.\n \nFriday and the Weekend:\nLatest indications suggest milder weather and it will be mostly dry and bright with sunny spells especially in southern and eastern areas. Cloudier in the west and north, with some rain at times especially on Friday, but there will still good dry periods here also.